Members of Dorchester and Sherborne chambers of commerce held their August breakfast meeting at Leweston School, Sherborne, where visitors had the opportunity of extended networking sessions. Seventy two members and visitors attended and 37 one-to-one meetings were held where businesses could get to know more about each other.
President Steve Farnham recognised the comparisons between Dorchester and Sherborne, towns which seem to be bucking the trend in the high street but not without their challenges.
‘By communicating and working together we can continue to keep strong businesses,’ he said.
Kate Reynolds, head of Leweston School, welcomed everyone to the school and said it was fantastic to see local businesses working so closely together. As the start of the new school year approaches, she highlighted the importance of mentoring to young people.
‘If any businesses have the capacity or inspiration to mentor a pupil please get in contact with the school, or your local school. It makes such a difference to the students and helps them through all the hurdles and difficulties children face when entering the world of work,’ said Kate Reynolds.
Jane Wood, chair of Sherborne chamber, added that despite tough trading over the past year it looks like the economic situation is turning positive at last. The recent exhibition to celebrate 50 years of the moon landing brought in 18,000 visitors to the town. The chamber has plans to make Sherborne a great visitor destination over the coming year.
Thanks to this month’s sponsor. Treasure Trails, that offers a number of murder mystery, treasure hunt and spy mission themed trails, across Devon and Dorset.
Book now for our next meeting
Our next meeting is the September networking breakfast on 10 September at The Sun Inn, Lower Burton, Dorchester DT2 7RZ from 7.45am to 9.00am.
To book visit: http://www.dorchesterchamber.co.uk/events/september-breakfast/